Study in Flanders


Today the educational standards in Flanders belong to the highest in Europe, and they continue to be steadily improved. In recent years there were rapid developments and structural changes in higher education. As from 2004-2005 the institutions for higher education operate within the European Higher Education Area formed by the Bologna process, which has initiated a uniform European framework of studies, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Flanders provides excellent programmes of study and can boast first-rate student facilities. The internationally-oriented educational institutes offer joint degree programmes and are known for their strong language courses.

Reasons to come to Flanders

  • first-rate education
  • student facilities
  • language education
  • quality of life
  • international profile
  • joint degree programmes

Higher Education Institutions

  • 21 university colleges
  • 6 universities
  • 11 other post-graduate training institutions
  • 5 higher institutions for fine arts

Fact sheets and contact references:

Study Programs

Higher education in Flanders is offered by means of programs. The successful completion of a program results in a degree.

For the full, actual and updated list of the international study programs, browse the database on the Study in Flanders

Degree Structure

Professional Bachelor Programs prepare students for specific professions in industry, education, commerce, agriculture, health and rehabilitation, social work, informatics, applied arts or the media. Courses are therefore practice-oriented and include periods of work placement. These degrees are only awarded by the university colleges. Some university colleges offer profession-oriented specialisation programs for holders of a Professional Bachelor Degree. These Advanced Bachelor Programs cover at least 60 ECTS credits.

Academic Bachelor Programs prepare students for studies at master’s level. These degrees are awarded by universities and some university colleges.

Master Programs are characterised by the integration of education and research and a master’s dissertation. They cover at least 60 ECTS credits. Depending on the field of study some programs last longer (e.g. medicine, law, psychology, engineering).Advanced Master Programs are organised at universities, university colleges in the framework of an association and at postgraduate training institutions.

Ph D Programs: Doctor is the highest level of specialisation in scientific research. It is based on an original research project that takes at least two years, resulting in the public presentation of a doctoral thesis. This degree is only awarded by universities.

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Higher education institutions in Flanders operate a full-fledged credit system based on ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Visa requirements for Belgium

British nationals, just as all EEA (European Economic Area) nationals, may reside in all the other EEA member state without a visa or an authorization.


Mrs Bernadette Allaert
Project Coordinator Study in Flanders
Ravensteingalerij 27
B – 1000 Brussels
T. + 32 (0)2 792 55 19
F. + 32 (0)2 211 41 99

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